THE stage is set for another dramatic transfer deadline day.
With plenty of moves still in the pipeline, clubs will have to do business early in the day if they want their new stars to play this weekend
Chelsea have more than left their mark in the January transfer window having spent around £200million.
And they are in a race to get Enzo Fernandez across the line before it’s too late.
Can clubs still sign players after transfer deadline day?
Despite the best efforts of clubs, sometimes deals do run right up to the window closing.
If a transfer looks like it’s going to the wire, Premier League clubs are allowed to submit what is called a deal sheet.
The deal sheet can be submitted to officials in the final two hours of the window, so this January can be sent from 9pm onwards.
It allows an extension on submitting official paperwork of two hours, letting clubs who’ve struck a deal in the final hours of the window get their transfer ratified in time.
Any top-flight club can submit a deal sheet up until the 11pm deadline – but not afterwards, with most transfers then announced by 1am.
Players who are currently free agents can be signed at ANY time after the transfer window shuts.
All loans must also be completed by the 11pm deadline on Tuesday, January 31 – 11pm
The only exception is under EFL rules a team can sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan provided all the stoppers currently in their squad are unavailable through injury or suspension.
In short, clubs can’t bring in any player after the deadline who is registered to another club when the window shuts.